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 Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497 


A Great Place to Teach and Learn !

  • Consolidated by the state of Kansas in 1965.
  • Conveniently located on I-70 between the state capital city, Topeka, and Kansas City.
  • The seventh-largest school district in Kansas. ( 2015-2016 Boundary Map / 2016-2017 Boundary Map )
  • One of the city's largest employers with 1,700 employees (900 certified teachers/administrators and 800 classified educational support staff).
  • Serves approximately 11,000 students.
  • Supports a Parents as Teachers program (serving families of infants to toddlers, age three).
  • Provides a Pre-Kindergarten program at Kennedy Elementary School.
  • Operates 14 elementary schools (Grades K-5), four middle schools (Grades 6-8) and two comprehensive high schools (Grades 9-12).
  • Operates two virtual schools serving students throughout Kansas - Lawrence Virtual School (K-8) and Lawrence Virtual High School (Grades 9-12).
  • Offers Adult Education Services at Centennial Adult Education Center (adult basic education, diploma-completion program and GED study and testing).


The 2019 KU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence annual colloquium, Cyber Attacks, Intellectual Property & University Open Research:  The Perfect Storm will be held 22-23 April at KU.  Registration is now open!

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is open to college freshman and college sophomores in the IT disciplines.  Recipients receive full tuition and guaranteed employment upon graduation!

ICCAESummer internships (2019) with the Defense Intelligence Agency - plan early for your security clearance.

USNORTHCOM's Volunteer Student Internship Program accepting applications from Graduate Students and ROTC students!

KU receives Defense Intelligence Agency Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence grant.  

KU designation as a Department of Defense Language Training Center has been renewed through 2019.​ Learn more here


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